Irmao yacht on fire news

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27m Irmao destroyed in blaze in Formentera

13 August 2023 • Written by Katia Damborsky

A 27.3-metre yacht named Irmao has been destroyed in a devastating fire while anchored off the Spanish island of Formentera.

The incident happened yesterday (12 August) and the yacht burned for several hours as firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control.

The still-burning yacht was towed away from Ses Illetes beach and finally sank in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A statement issued by the Spanish Salvamento Maritimo said that a private boat rescued all 17 people on board the yacht before firefighters arrived.   The cause of the incident remains unknown and no injuries have been reported.

It comes almost exactly a year after the 45-metre Aria SF was destroyed in a fire in Formentera. The hull sunk close to Cap Martinet and after several months the remains of the hull were raised and transported to a metal scrapping facility on the mainland. 

The burnt hull of Aria SF was recovered several months after the fire
Credit: Juan Antonio Riera

Irmao, formerly known as B3, was delivered in 1995 by Spanish yard Astondoa. She had a seven-cabin configuration, top speed of 14 knots and both interior and exterior design by Nuvolari Lenard.

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